LITTLE ones loved learning life lessons from Britain’s tallest man today.

Paul Sturgess visited Ashton Keynes Primary School to teach pupils impressive basketball skills and give an inspirational talk.

Classes gathered in the school gym to see the big friendly giant show off tricks he’d honed and perfected by playing with the Harlem Globetrotters.

The Loughborough-born 7ft 7” sports star has travelled to schools across the country for the past three years.

Paul said: “When I walked in, the kids’ faces were a picture.

“Growing up I was different from the other children but I changed my difference into something positive and made a good career out of it.

“This is a great avenue to promote healthy living and anti-bullying and encourage children to be proud of themselves, get active and work hard because you never know what opportunities will come up.”

Paul tours schools with PE teacher Mark Waters.

Mark said: “This is the first time we’ve been to a school in the south-west and we’re having a great time in Ashton Keynes.

“The teachers have been really accommodating and the kids are fantastic.

“I linked up with Paul in 2014 in the East Midlands and we’ve been visiting schools ever since.”

Samantha Saville, Ashton Keynes Primary School headteacher, was delighted to have

She said: “They were really excited to see him.

“They don’t get to see much basketball so it was a great experience for them.

“We invited Paul here because it’s Anti-Bullying Week and we wanted to show the pupils how Paul used his unique talent to get the best from life.

“We want to celebrate difference, help pupils identify their talents and prevent bullying in school.

“We also hope he inspires our pupils to continue their sporting success.”

Paul became the tallest basketball player in the world after being drafted into the Harlem Globetrotters in 2011, four years into a five-year scholarship in America.

In November 2014 he was signed by Cheshire Phoenix of the British Basketball League.